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Colombia has its Eyes Focused on the World Cup

Excited Colombian soccer fan

Colombia has its eyes focused on the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro and is a breath away from securing a berth, but it is running up against some jarring history Tuesday when it plays tough-minded Uruguay in a vital World Cup Qualifying game.

With 26 points, Colombia is tied with Argentina for first place in the nine-country field of the South American Confederation (CONMEBOL) that sends the top four teams in the qualifying standings to the World Cup. Brazil, which hosts the World Cup, is an automatic qualifier.

Standing squarely in the path of Colombia is Uruguay, which defeated Peru, 2-1, on Friday, the same day Colombia edged undermanned Ecuador, 1-0. Colombian scoring machine Radamel Falcao played despite a sprained right ankle, but it was teammate James Rodriguez who scored the only goal.

Uruguay’s victory was its seventh in a row at home and Estadio Centenario in Montevideo will surely be rocking with Colombia in the house, and for good reason. Uruguay has not lost at home to Colombia since 1973.

On the other hand, Colombia is on a roll. Colombia has not allowed a goal in its last three qualifying games and leads the nine-team qualifying group with eight goals scored and just seven goals allowed.

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